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Public opinion on the sale of fireworks

Public opinion on the sale of fireworks

With recent Guy Fawkes Night celebrations, the controversy on the sale of fireworks is being debated in the public again.

We asked a representative sample of 500 New Zealanders whether they support or oppose the sale of fireworks to the general public.

A slim majority of respondents opposed the sale of fireworks to the general public.

  • 52% opposed the sale of fireworks to the general public.
  • 27% of respondents supported the sale of fireworks to the general public.
  • 21% didn’t have an opinion either way.

There were clear differences across age groups. Older respondents (60 plus) were much more likely to oppose the sale (66%) compared to younger respondents (34%).

There was slightly more support from those in urban areas (Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury) than those in provincial areas (32% and 20% respectively)

Methodology:

  • This online survey was conducted from 12th to 17th November 2018.
  • The margin of error is +/-4.4%.